This is my favorite tree to decorate. When we purchased our home almost 20 years ago, one room was called “the library” due to a complete wall of bookshelves and stone fireplace. It is the smallest room in the house but has become the most used. Here is where I house most of my equestrian fox hunt treasures. There are a few books in there too!
I am a big fan of artificial trees because I like to decorate early. The first year we moved into this house, I had a bad experience with a real tree and vowed never to have one again. To make a long story short, think overwatering, red tree skirt bleeding onto pristine new white carpet just two months after moving into a new home. Cried like a baby that year. I am not sure what made me want a real tree this year but I did and once my mind is made up, I had to make it happen. I am a quick shopper so it didn’t take me long to pick out the tree. I had very little room to work with. I ended up with a fraser fir and it has been interesting. I learned to protect my floor this year. I water once in the morning while tea is brewing and once at night when the wine is breathing. The branches of the fir are not as strong as an artificial branch. I have some heavy ornaments that just drooped and couldn’t make the cut this year. Still, I thought the smell was worth the effort. I have been a Martha Stewart fan from way way back and thought, Martha would be proud. That is until I just saw on her social media that she only likes her artificial trees! What?! I want my old Martha back. There is room for both. I hope you enjoy the shots below from the hunt tree. My next post will be all about Christmas in Middleburg, VA. I hope you stop back to visit.
I posted earlier on buying leather horses in a yard sale this summer with a plan to use them on the fox hunt tree this year. Mr. Fox is hitching a ride.
My sister and brother-in-law have three wonderful horses. Special, Abner and Rev. I have a special place in my heart for Big Ab and the horse to the right reminds me of him. He is a gentle giant.
Trophy cups look great with bottle brush trees. The plaid napkin rings below were a great inexpensive find at an antique shop a few weeks back. I love plaid and kept seeing small pieces of what is called Tartanware in some of the shops. It is pricey so I did a little googling and found out that Tartanware is truly a fun piece of Scottish history. Clans had all types of items made for them and they were imprinted with the name of clan. I have seen thimbal cases, needle cases, snuff boxes and napkin rings like below. My lucky pieces are from Clan Fraser, Clan Stuart and Prince Charlie. It’s a small collection but I love having it!
I already mentioned I am not a big Santa collector but when this guy came out a few years back I was thrilled. How perfect is he? Nice face too, haha.